We've said it many times already, but Super Mario Maker truly is the game that keeps on giving.

On 9th March a free software update will add a Super Expert mode to the 100-Mario Challenge; it's unlocked after players clear Expert mode. Super Expert Mode dishes out six extremely tough courses - additionally, 12 new Mystery Mushroom costumes have been added to 100 Mario Challenge.

The update also provides level creators with even more tools:

  • Shake a P Switch to turn it into a key. Shake a Door to turn it into a Key Door. Creators can make enemies hold keys, meaning players can't advance without defeating mandatory bosses.
  • Shake a Coin to turn it into a Pink Coin. Players must collect them all to make a key appear.
  • Shake a Thwomp to turn it into a massive Skewer column from Super Mario World.
  • Additionally, the Super Mario Maker Bookmark site will see additions such as ranking categories for world records and the number of first clears on courses, inspiring new ways to experience the main game.

During today's Nintendo Direct broadcast, Nintendo also revealed that more than 6.2 million courses have been created by the community. That's a staggering achievement which goes to show how much fun players are having creating levels.

Let us know what you think to the additional features in this software update with a comment below.